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Reader comment on: Dell, Intel, Exclusivity Payments, and Robinson-Patman
Submitted by Lyle (United States), Jul 23, 2010 17:26
Intel is close to the rebates of the old standard oil. My belief is that companies may price as they wish provided they disclose and provide the same price to all who purchase with that volume. Robinson Patman came at the same time as the fair trade laws which allowed a manufacturer to set sales prices for goods. Actually what is bad is that Intel's payments were set so as to allow Dell to make its profit goals for the quarter. It's very similar to what Microsoft did a while ago. You have this sort of problem where variable costs are a small part (or negligible in MS case) of the total cost of the product.
In short, companies should be required to post a price list and abide by it, no backroom deals. That way everyone has a chance to get the same deal.
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